Mask of Voltaire - Item #815
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
13 Inches High x 6 Inches Wide
This mask is from the full-length statue, Voltaire Seated, created by Houdon. Of the many portraits made of him, Voltaire (1694-1778) preferred this depiction. The French Enlightenment writer was 83 when he sat for Houdon in Paris. The marble statue was commissioned by Voltaire's niece, Madame Denis, for the Comédie Française, and Houdon was asked by Catherine the Great of Russia to produce another marble for St. Petersburg. The sculpture was widely reproduced through the 20th century.
Artist: Jean-Antoine Houdon
Museum/Location: The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia and Comédie Française, Paris
Time Period: Modern- Neoclassical, 1781
1911 Catalog ID # - 13487
Collins, Neil. "Jean Antoine Houdon." Art Encyclopedia. Visual-arts-cork.com, 2017, http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/sculpture/jean-antoine-houdon.htm.
"Seated Voltaire." Artsy, https://www.artsy.net/artwork/jean-antoine-houdon-seated-voltaire.
"Seated Voltaire." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/201455.
"Voltaire." The State Hermitage Museum, 1998-2017, http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/digital-collection/06.+sculpture/40340.
"Voltaire." Victoria and Albert Museum, http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O94229/voltaire-bust-houdon-jean-antoine/.
"Voltaire Seated." Web Gallery of Art, http://www.wga.hu/html_m/h/houdon/voltaire.html.